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January 21, 2023
Tom Pimblett of Abbotsford, BC passed away peacefully on January 21, 2023, just four weeks shy of his 100th birthday. Thomas was born in 1923 on a farm in Essex, England to John and Agnes (Stewart) Pimblett. After spending his youth on the farm he studied at Kings College in London, obtaining his medical degree in 1949.
After graduation, and spending time in Libya and Egypt with the RAMC, he began his medical career in anaesthesia, working at several hospitals in England. While working at a hospital in Nottingham he met his future wife, Betty Payn. They were married in 1956 and enjoyed 54 years of marriage until her passing in 2010. After having a son, Nigel, in 1957 they made the decision to emigrate to Canada the following year. Living first in Newfoundland, where a second son, Brian, was born, they then moved on to Saskatchewan in 1961 and Alberta in 1971 before retiring to BC in 1996.
Throughout his working life Tom alwaysset aside time for family, enjoying many weekend outings skating, swimming, tobogganing, or just visiting the mall. In retirement he and Betty were able to enjoy a number of cruises, his favourite being a trip through the Panama Canal. He was also able to spend more time with one of his favourite hobbies, researching his English and Scottish ancestry, and was an active member of the Abbotsford Genealogical Society for a number of years.
He never lost touch with his British roots, staying in touch with family, going back to the UK a number of times, and keeping up to date on the football and cricket results from the 'old country'.
Thomas was predeceased by hisfather John, his mother Agnes, brothersJohn, Bill, and Jim,sister Betty,son Brian, and daughter-in-law Meredith. His memory lives on with hisson Nigel (Tobi), grandchildren Nathaniel (Maggie), Petra, Brigid, Grace (Corey), Sarah, and Emma, great granddaughter Pippa, and daughter-in-law Luanne. Although he fell just shy of the century, he had a very good innings, for which his family is ever so grateful.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, meeting at Grace Church located at 2087 McMillan Road, Abbotsford, on Saturday, February 18th, 2023 at 1:00 pm. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at:

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home

Service Details

Celebration of Life
Saturday, February 18, 2023
1:00 PM
St. Matthew's Anglican Church, meeting at Grace Church located at 2087 McMillan Road, Abbotsford